You don’t have to be a master builder to put together an amazing weekend. With our handy-dandy guide (below) and your family’s wildly creative ideas, a perfect plan–that could include anything from a newspaper fort build-off to a fun musical–is a cinch to develop.

students-from-the-two-rivers-public-charter-school-play-with-imagination-playground-blocks-in-the-national-building-museums-ePhoto: National Building Museum

Glen Echo

Ella Enchanted
Based on the Newberry Honor book by Gail Carson Levine. Baby Ella of Frell is given the “gift” of obedience by Lucinda, a misguided fairy, and thus cannot disobey any direct order. Then when tragedy strikes, Ella is reduced to an obedient servant in her new home with Dame Olga. Can Ella find a way to rid herself of the troublesome curse? Find out in this special pay-what-you-can musical performance. FriEvent details.

Judiciary Square

Newspaper Fort Challenge
Put on your architecture thinking caps! The National Building Museum is hosting a newspaper fort challenge in the Great Hall. Bring your family and collaboratively construct an awe-inspiring structure made entirely of newspaper and tape. SatEvent details.

Metro Center

Mysterious Magic of Bryan Curry
Water vanishes in midair moments before drenching a hapless volunteer, bottles appear out of nowhere, and the world’s most difficult card trick happens in a flash! Magician Brian Curry keeps even the most skeptical of audiences laughing with befuddlement in a morning filled with mystery. FriEvent details.

Metro Center

Blue: A Colorful (NOT) Play for Kids
Imagine a world where the only color is blue. Blue flowers, blue grass, even blue cereal! Inky and Pale live in such a world until they discover something RED! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Penn Quarter

Archives Sleepover
Want to sleep next to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights? During the event kids along with their adults will become superhero citizens, meet heroes from history, learn the power and responsibility of government and its citizens, sleep in the Rotunda near the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and make memories to last a lifetime. Sat-Sun. Event details.


Chocolate Festival-Fun for All
Choco-holics won’t want to leave this annual chocolate festival at the end of the day. In addition to tons of samples up for grabs, cocoa-loving kids will find historic re-enactments (that involve chocolate…of course),  a craft show, and an art exhibit featuring work made completely out of chocolate. Sat. and SunEvent details.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady